Tales from the Trail

Bipartisanship on the White House menu

May 3, 2011

At a White House dinner with Senate and House leaders from both parties and their spouses, President Barack Obama got a standing ovation when he mentioned the demise of Osama bin Laden in his welcome.

“Minutes passed like days” for U.S. officials watching bin Laden op

May 2, 2011

It took almost a decade for the United States to find al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But when it came to the final act, time went into slow motion  for U.S. officials holding their breath and hoping the raid in Pakistan would go off without a hitch.

McCain says Trump having fun, Republicans have serious candidates for 2012

May 1, 2011

Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, made clear that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a serious candidate for 2012.

Washington Extra – Syria slap

April 29, 2011

Reuters correspondent Mark Hosenball got early word that the White House was going to slap additional sanctions on Syria including on the brother and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad.

Washington Extra – Changing hats

April 28, 2011

The national security musical chairs was made official today by President Barack Obama.

Obama has ‘better stuff’ to do than birth certificate ‘sideshows’

April 27, 2011

President Barack Obama tried to put the kibosh on birther speculation by releasing his Hawaiian birth certificate and calling questions about the authenticity of the document a distraction from bigger issues by “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

Obama to make statement about birth certificate

April 27, 2011

The White House on Wednesday released a longer version of President Barack Obama’s U.S. birth certificate to try to quiet a debate within Republican circles that he was not born in the United States. The new document confirms what a shorter version has said, that Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug 4, 1961, but provides a little more information, such as that he was born at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital.

The White House and the silver bullet defense

April 26, 2011

Verbal silver bullets were flying all over the White House press briefing today.

“There is no silver bullet” has become the White House phrase for telling the public it has no magical solution for combating rising gasoline prices. With gas prices at the pump over $4 a gallon, the translation for the 2012 presidential campaign is: don’t blame us.

Obama’s new talking point: 2012 may be harder race to win

April 22, 2011

hands_obamaAs part of his strategy to raise money and excitement for his re-election bid, President Barack Obama and his advisers are starting to use a new warning: winning in 2012 may be harder than it was in 2008.

Former “start-up” Obama wouldn’t mind being as popular as…SpongeBob

April 21, 2011

obama_sanfranHe’s been president of the United States for about two-and-a-half¬† years, but Barack Obama still remembers being a “start-up” — and he wouldn’t mind being as popular as SpongeBob SquarePants.